While we learned of a whole slew of new Ghostbusters action figures at this year’s Toy Fair in New York, a new interview in Toy Fair Magazine gives some real insite to just how far Mattel is willing to go with their rights. Beyond the break you can see what Associate Brand Manager of Mattel Toys Scott Neitlich has to say about the 25th Anniversary of Ray, Peter, Egon and Winston’s ghost hunting business and the toys that will follow.
Here’s a run down of what we learned in the new article, which you can read by picking up at newsstands now (Star Trek on cover):
-You won’t be able to find these in stores because the shelf space is reserved for “new” and “popular” toys
-At the time of the interview, they have the likeness rights to Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler), Dan Aykoryd (Dr. Raymond Stantz), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore) and are still trying to get Bill Murray to approve his sculpt of (Dr. Peter Venkman) — sounds like Murray is going to hold-up fans once again.
-They would like to expand the series and do figures of Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), Dana (Sigourney Weaver) and even Walter Peck (William Atherton)!
-They hope the first release will be Peter Venkman, but plan on unrolling the figures as likeness’ were approved.
-Each 6-inch figure comes packed with a ghost. Slimer will 100% be the first with plans on bringing us a possible shrunken Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ghost, the librarian ghost and the taxi ghost.
-They’d like Peter Venkman to come as the slimed version, with Slimer, first.
-The reason the 6-inch figures look better than the 12 (in my opinion) is because the 6-inch were sculpted by the famous Four Horsemen, while Mattel did the 12-inch sculpts (boo).
-The plan is to get the first 6-inch out by the San Diego Comic Con, with the first 12-inch by Father’s Day. A new 6-inch will follow every other month, while a new 12-inch comes every quarter.
-There will be variants (who has this type of money, crap), including “slimed”, “marshmallow mess”, and “red slime” (from Ghostbusters II).
-They have pretty much free reign on the animated series The Real Ghostbusters.
-If a third movie is made, they will make figures based on that, which will probably make retailers.
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